Newark Art and Artists is a two–part exhibition of prints, photographs, books, and other works on paper, that either have Newark as their subject, or are created by artists who have lived, studied, worked, or were born in Newark. The exhibition includes works created between 1800 and 2012, and is drawn entirely from the holdings of the Special Collections Division of the Newark Public Library.
Part I of the exhibition,which ran from October 3, 2012 through January 12, 2013, presented works primarily from the 19th and early/middle–20th centuries. Part 2 of the exhibition, opening Jan. 23, features approximately one hundred works created between 1937 and 2012 by a wide range of contemporary, living artists. In addition to artists most frequently associated with Newark such as Willie Cole, Chakaia Booker, and Jerry Gant, the exhibition presents works by a number of other world–renowned artists with Newark roots, including Robert Birmelin, Barbara Kruger, and George Tice.
Artists in the exhibition include: Ibrahim Ahmed, Manuel Acevedo, Sunmarie Allen, Will Barnet, Herbert Beerman, Robert Birmelin, Tom Bish, Mary Lou Bongiorno, Jerome Bongiorno, Chakaia Booker, Dan Brophy, Eleta Caldwell, Willie Cole, Lisa Conrad, Cicely Cottingham, Roy Crosse, Kevin Darmanie, Evonne Davis, Victor Davson, Donald Farkas, Helen Frank, Jerry Gant, Matt Gosser, Gladys Barker Grauer, Grigory Gurevich, Akintola Hanif, Florian Jenkins, James Edward Jones, Robert Knight, Barbara Kruger, Hal Laessig, Donald Lokuta, Maria Mijares, Nell Painter, German Pitre, Rocco Scary, Kenneth Schnall, Helen Stummer, George Tarr, George Tice, Bisa Washington, Emma Wilcox, Fran Wilner, James Wilson, and Dmitrii Wright, among others.
The exhibition also includes several works by the late Will Barnet, as a posthumous tribute. Early in his career, Barnet, who passed away in November at the age of 101, taught at the Newark Normal School, which later became Kean University and moved to Union Township.